I was relaxing by the pool sipping on a refreshing Mojito my husband made me, looking up at the beautiful African sky and enjoying with every fibre of my being the indulgence of the festive season laziness. Then I get a call, then a message from a very darling photographer that made me laugh – a celebrity couple getting married in 10 days time, can I help? Sure, why not, I love a challenge. I called the bride and after 2 minutes it was very clear to me that they wished to have my styling services at their wedding but for a barter, offering the usual publicity coverage of their wedding – Top Billing feature, weekly magazines and the wedding magazine feature.
I put the phone down and went back to sipping my cocktail. Later that evening inspirational images from the bride popped up on my WhatsApp and at a glance I could tell you that given their numbers plus that “Karen Tran” inspired look requires a budget close to half a million Rand.
In the morning, I sent a formal quotation indicating costs associated and showing how I am prepared to discount and barter R97000 worth of services and decor items, and making it clear that the balance would be for their own account. I didn’t hear from them.
I am curious to hear your thoughts. I have done a few celebrity barter weddings in the past and they did not translate into anything more than a pat on back, a high five and an awesome experience. Do you think celebrities should enjoy free wedding services when the general population pays our asking price?